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Sweetwater Wetlands burn scheduled for Thursday

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TUCSON -  Expect to see smoke on Tucson's northwest side Thursday morning.

Starting at 8 AM, a controlled burn will take place at the Sweetwater Wetlands near I-10 and Prince Road. It's part of a joint project to enhance Tucson Water’s Mosquito Abatement Program and to provide a firefighting exercise for the Tucson Fire Department.

Citizens who may be sensitive to smoke generated by the controlled burn are asked to take precautionary measures or avoid the area.

The Sweetwater Wetlands will be closed to the public on the day of the controlled burn and will reopen on Friday, March 9, 2018. Tucson Wildlife Center will be present this year to rescue any animals injured during the burn.

The burn removes much of the thatched, dead vegetation that protects aquatic mosquito larvae during their development. From late March to November, Tucson Water applies a common, low-toxicity, granular mosquito larvicide to the water to kill the aquatic mosquito larvae. The burning and removal of the dead thatch makes the weekly granular applications more effective.

Since 2002, Tucson Water and the Tucson Fire Department have conducted annual controlled burns and have been successful in helping control mosquito populations, while providing valuable fire suppression training.

Click here for more information about Thursday's controlled burn.

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